Environmental Design – Understanding Context

Designing and Building a green building go through a complex process, this process include understanding the context, then to understand the action required for this specific context. then the design process starts, and while we design, we measure and analyze our design performance, then finally we either accept our building or go back again to edit our geometry in roll feedback process.

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this complex process require from us understanding not only climate and area conditions, but also other things related to materials specifications, comfort and usability standards and even the special needs for each function in our building.

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our environmental Design cover a wide range of issues, some are visible in the large urban context, such like the wind direction analysis and the day-lighting diagrams . some others are important for the Architecture scale, e.g. the Shadow casting studies and Glare level. some analysis are applied to the exterior facade, like the Solar Radiation, and some other analysis fit more inside the building like the Acoustics and natural lighting level. some of these studies work with static data, not because its static, but because the study need only the highest and lowest ( maximum/ minimum), some other studies require a 4th dimension/Time, where the data change rapidly through the day, e.g. shadow casting, or it change through the whole year, e.g. sun path and temperature.

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In our experiment, we tried to understand the data coming to us in what is called weather data, its a comprehensive document include a lot of useful information. covering the whole year. these information include solar path, temperature and wind blow direction and some other context specific data.

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what we can do with the parametric tool that we can represent these data in a fine  interactive way, full with colors, wither 2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional. then you can apply some conditions and logic to represent or visualize specific data.

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in our next stage, we will try to apply our analysis tools into simple blocks and surfaces in both Urban and Architecture scale.

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